In the three-game series with the Oakland Athletics, the Red Sox scored 40 (!) runs. Yeah, you read that right. 14-13-13. No other teams has scored at least 13 runs in three consecutive games since the 1999 Cleveland Indians. Not too bad for a team that was expected to be fighting to stay above .500, right?
There is no other way to put it other than the Red Sox are going to make this summer, and the entire baseball season, fun again. With terrible teams there past two years, Red Sox fans have not had a lot to cheer about since winning a World Series in 2013 that probably should have never happened. However, this summer, this Red Sox team, and specifically the offense, has the potential to be historically good.
Make no mistake about it, the Oakland Athletics have a TERRIBLE pitching staff; however, aren't good teams supposed to beat up on unworthy opponents? Jackie Bradley Jr. launched two home runs last night, totaling six RBIs, and is starting to look more like an all star rather than a bottom of the order hitter. Dustin Pedroia shot a home run over the monster and is showing the rest of the MLB why he won a MVP award a few years back. David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez continue to be the power duo in the middle of the order that the Red Sox have not seen since Manny Ramirez was patrolling left field in a Boston uniform. With so many interesting storylines and talent on this Red Sox team, it is hard to imagine them slipping into a collective offensive slump.
While Rick Porcello did not have it going early in this game, he was able to regain his command and composure, settling in for 6.2 innings, while giving up only three earned runs and striking out five. He may not be the sub-three ERA that he has shown us to start the season, but Rick Porcello can dominate at times, especially against lesser competition.
Imagine if this team can get David Price rolling again as the pitcher we saw late last season with the Toronto Blue Jays...
Next up, the Red Sox take on the 14-21 Houston Astros. Check back in for a full-game preview between Cy Young winners David Price and Dallas Keuchel.